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Nui-Jaga are a species of scorpion-like Rahi.
Nui-Jaga were commonly found in the Po-Metru district of Metru Nui. Their stingers were very valuable, so hunters often went to hunt the Rahi, but they did not return. After the Great Cataclysm, many Nui-Jaga migrated to the Po-Wahi region of the island of Mata Nui, while smaller populations made their home in Le-Wahi and along the coast.[Bios]
Toa Metru Onewa met a Nui-Jaga running out of a cave which led to Metru Nui when he was hiding his Toa Stone. Thanks to this Nui-Jaga, the Toa Metru discovered a way to return to Metru Nui. As they traveled through the tunnels back to Metru Nui, the Toa Metru fought various types of mutated Nui-Jaga, the results of Teridax's experiments.
While wandering through the island's jungle, the Av-Matoran Takua was stalked by a Nui-Jaga. Rather than facing it himself or risking the safety of Ta-Koro, Takua instead led the Nui-Jaga to a Muaka cave, where the scorpion was driven off by the territorial tiger.[DM, Ch. 6]
Lewa once encountered a Nui-Jaga while searching for Kanohi. The Rahi, under the control of Teridax, attempted to impede his progress, but was defeated by Lewa's Air powers.[C2] Gali also battled against a group of Nui-Jaga while she recovered a mask of her own and was rescued by Tahu. During a meeting of the Toa Mata, Teridax sent Nui-Jaga and other Rahi to attack the Toa, but these were defeated by Gali and her Water powers.[C3] Teridax also assigned a Nui-Jaga to guard Ahkmou's stash of Comet Kolhii Balls. This scorpion managed to temporarily blind Pohatu with its poison, but was eventually defeated when the Toa of Stone, with the help of Takua, collapsed the cave it was in.[MNOG, Ch. 4]
Onepu, Jaller, Macku, Kongu, Hewkii, and Matoro once encountered a Nui-Jaga while traveling to the Disk throwing tournament. They managed to trap the Rahi, and soon after merged into a Matoran Nui to dispatch the beast.[MDC1]
Later, when the Toa Mata were underground attempting to defeat Teridax, he sent swarms of Nui-Jaga to attack Kini-Nui with other Rahi under his control. These Rahi were fended off by the Chronicler's Company and several Matoran military groups. They eventually retreated when Teridax was defeated, and he abandoned his hold over them.[MNOG, Ch. 9]
Abilities and Traits
The Nui-Jaga are very aggressive and hot-tempered, always ready to strike a stranger or even another Nui-Jaga. They are able to use their stingers to fling venom that causes temporary blindness if it enters the eyes,[MNOG, Ch. 4] or to strike an opponent and inflict a more painful and sometimes fatal sting. Nui-Jaga also have powerful claws that can shatter solid rock.[MNOG, Ch. 4] Although Nui-Jaga could be tamed after being freed from Teridax's control, their dangerous claws and stingers made Turaga hesitant to allow Nui-Jaga in their villages.[Bios]
These Rahi hunt in packs or in pairs.[Bios] Their preferred hunting method is to drive prey into a corner before striking. Once the target is surrounded, they communicate with each other before making their next move. Nui-Jaga cries have been compared to the sound of breaking glass.
Their weakness is their lack of intelligence. Rahaga Norik advocated using a sheet of crystal to pacify one, by placing it down in front of the scorpion. It would mistake its reflection for another Nui-Jaga and try to sting it, possibly burying its stinger in the ground and allowing one to escape or handle more easily.
Two Nui-Jaga (one blue, one purple) were released as a single, large boxed set, 8548 Nui-Jaga in 2001. All together, the two Nui-Jaga had 214 pieces. The underside of the head acted as a trigger, which one could pull while holding a handle towards the model's rear to make the model attack with its tail. This was advertised as a means for the Nui-Jaga to attack one another or a Toa Mata set. The two Nui-Jaga could be combined to make the Kahu model, the instructions for which were included in the instruction booklet of the purple Nui-Jaga.
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